Smoky skies, poor air quality across Canada as nearly 900 wildfires burn

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TORONTO — Parts of seven provinces and one territory were subject to air quality alerts Tuesday as smoke from nearly 900 active wildfires caused hazy conditions and health risks.

Environment Canada issued the weather advisories in the morning for major cities including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa, as well of all of New Brunswick. A stronger smog warning covered much of southern Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec City. By 8 p.m. EDT, the advisories had been downgraded to weather statements about the possibility of “high levels of air pollution due to smoke from active forest fires,” and Ottawa no longer had a statement or advisory in place.

The agency’s alerts covered much of B.C.’s interior and northeast, western and northern Alberta, eastern and northern Saskatchewan, Ontario’s far northwest, all of southern Ontario, most of southern Quebec, all of New Brunswick, and Thebacha Region in the Northwest Territories.

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